Sunday, March 24, 2013

Removing Water Spots

Do you have water spots ruining the beauty of your wood furniture? Our dining room table - which I love - was really starting to show its wear and tear. Lots of little scratches and nicks are visible but the numerous water spots are what was really causing it to look bad. I tried polishing it. I tried the mayonnaise trick. (Pinterest fail.) Twice. I gave up...
...until I saw another idea on Pinterest: Use a hair dryer! It worked!!! I am so excited! I wish I would have taken a before picture of the whole table because I got rid of at least eight water spots. Three were rather large - like this one:
Be patient. This takes a while - like twenty minutes. But that is still less time than refinishing even a tiny piece of furniture! On high, I put my hair dryer close to the spot.
Once I realized this was working - slowly - I grabbed a book to read while holding the hair dryer. I definitely recommend having something to do that still allows you to rotate hair-dryer-holding-hands easily and doesn't require any kind of listening.
Keep the hair dryer close to the spot and be patient!
Ta da! The spot is gone!
When you are done, moisturize the wood. I used olive oil.

Saturday, March 16, 2013


You know that feeling when you just "hit the wall" with fatigue, aches, and chills? I had heard that this 'Oscillococcinum' was the wonder drug for that. Although it isn't really a drug - it is a homeopathic medicine with zero side effects. I have always been a bit leery of homeopathic remedies (I'm not sure why I trust man-made chemicals more than the natural stuff???). I had heard so many great things about this from different people that I rushed out to buy it when my son 'hit the wall' and came down with a fever after dinner one night about six weeks ago. 
There are these little vials (pictured in the bottom right corner on the box) packed in groups of three in the box. You take three vials, one every six hours. Inside each vial looks like large salt crystals - like you see on hot pretzels. These crystal-like things are tasteless and dissolve in your mouth. And they work! My son's fever broke overnight and he was just a little puny the next day and perfectly fine the next.
So then this week when my husband 'hit the wall,' I pulled out the Oscillococcinum again - but this time not until the morning after his 'crash.' He slept most of that day, his fever broke, and then he was almost back to normal.
Now I suppose these 'bugs' could have just been the 24-hour variety and the Oscilloccinum didn't really do anything... but others who have had the same thing this winter who didn't take Oscilloccinum have been down and out for several days, and close to a week in some cases. So now I am a believer in what we call 'the ossy-oxy-stuff'. (You can hear how to really say it here.)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Love's Complete

I received this book on my nook from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review. Even though this was a children's book, I was interested in reading it since I have many friends who have adopted internationally - several from Russia.
The book is written in rhyming verse, just four lines per illustrated page. After observing the adoption process through my friends, the poem is very accurate - including the frustration and paperwork. However, as a children's book, I would assume it was created to be read to the child as a way to explain their adoption. It just seemed to have a negative tone to it. Yes, there is a lot of waiting but I would prefer to focus on the excitement and expectation in that waiting.
Also, the illustrations were very outdated. I mean, how many American women wear hats with veils?
Two stars.

Unglued Devotional

I received this book from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review. I read Lysa TerKeurst's blog and her email devotions and always seem to get something out of both so I was excited to see her new book on the BookSneeze list this time! And I was not disappointed: five stars!
There are 60 short devotionals to read - labeled as "60 days of imperfect progress." Each day begins with Scripture and a "thought for the day" followed by the text and a prayer.
Lysa is so real, sharing her life experiences and how God has shown her lessons through them. Many of them I remember reading as emails and it is so nice to have them all in one book. Like her daughter's 'to do list' which included telling people she loves them (Day 48).
There are so many take-aways in this book! Super reminders like to think about whether you are trying to prove something or improve a relationship (Day 13). Each day is full of wisdom on how to stay strong in the Lord and not come 'unglued' in our human-ness.